Charles Stock & Shoal Waters


About Shoal Waters

Shoal Waters, built from the best hull available and completed in 1963 to my own design with the gear from an old halfdecker bought in 1948.  Over 70,000 nautical miles made good from Maldon  to date between Whitby, Ostend and the Solent. 


Mainsail.- Foot – 10 ft – ht – 9 ft 6ins – gaff – 9 ft -= 105 sq ft.

Topsail – ht 9 ft -  21 sq ft.

Fore triangle – I 14 ft. – J – 9ft 6ins

Jib – 23 sq ft.

Foresail – 23 sq ft.

Storm jib – 11 sq ft

Total sail area with topsail = 170 sq ft.

Also carried  - Gaff storm trysail –  45 Sq ft.

Ghoster come old fashioned spinnaker


Length overall – 16 ft 6ins. LWL = 15 ft. Depth of hull = 2ft 6ins

          from tip of bowsprit to back of rudder = 21ft 4ins

Draft with plate up – 12 ins. – with plate down – 4 ft.


Halyards – Throat – 5m

                   Peak – 9m

                   Staysail – 7m

                   Jib – 8m

                   Topsail – 8m

                   Ghoster  - ?m                 Topping lift – 12m


Materials – Hull 4 x two and a half mm Agba veneer laid diagonally and hot moulded by Fairey  Marine at Hamble.

Bought as a floppy eggshell with transom and C.B case fitted

Delivered early in February 1963 - launched  May 1963 a week before Whitsun

Total cost to launch (with gear from Zephyr)  £200

All 3/8 ins plywood except the cabintop which is ¼ ins

Part of a billiard table being chopped up for firewood.

Top of a baby grand piano.

Part of Lloyds bank counter at Dunmow in Essex.

Old farm binder roller for mast support in cabin.

Gaff was Maldon ironworks haysweep tine

Other quality wood where ever I could find it.

Compass ex W.D. landing craft bought for 3/- a lb = 36/-

Mast including spiderband from old half decker Zephyr.


280 lbs of lead from Zephyr recast into 28lb pigs stowed either side of CB case.

Leather on the gaff jaws once held income tax ready for the bank to collect.

Gunmetal shroud plates and tabernacle,

Bronze horse and gammon iron.

12 volt car battery carried to power navigation lights and cabin light.

5 volt solar panel fitted to cabintop port side of hatch.


Main features of Shoal Waters.

Sits upright on the mud like a fat contented duck

Lowering mast to proceed above bridges

Double topping life acts as lazy jacks – leads aft to cockpit

Slab reefing, each two feet deep.

Bowsprit can be run in.

Whykam Martin furling gear on both headsails.

Cabin sides brought down six inches into the cabin to make small lockers

No engine fitted and no tows accepted

Two paddles and a quant carried.

Sounding by using plate as audible echo sounder/instant draft reducer

 or with an eight foot cane used as a walking stick

No bilge pump fitted or ever needed

C.B. hoist led aft into the cockpit instantly to hand

Clam cleats for C.B. hoist and headsail sheets.

Singlepart mainsheet from horse on transom along boom to camcleat on bridge deck

Helmsman can see under the sails and over the cabintop

17lb fisherman anchor on 15 fm of 3/16 chain stowed on foredeck with arms over

 bow and chain in bucket below the foredeck ahead of Sampson post.

Cooking by 6 lb gaz stove with direct burner in port side galley

Two bunks right forward with 4 inch mattresses

Stb cockpit locker is reached from the cabin

Port locker opens into cockpit.

 Terelyene lanyards used on shrouds and forestay

Wooden rudder blade hauled down by line under tiller.

Reef penants and tack lashings rove ready for use at all times

8 x 50 Zeiss binoculars carried in rack port side of cabin bukhead.

Radio for weather forecasts and entainment

Two large fenders  carried

Curved top for C.B. case is removable when moored with the plate up and replaced by

 a small table top

A sturdy scissors type boom crutch stows under the port side deck.

Brass anchor light with a plastic battery filler for paraffin.

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